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New Mexico Land Conservancy

Helping people conserve the places they love.


Conservation easements protect:


Helping ensure that our watersheds remain whole and healthy – filtering and replenishing – and that precious, life-giving rivers, streams and other water flows are protected.


Helping protect the natural resources that wildlife depend on: water, habitat, and open space for their migratory corridors and flyways. After all, wildlife – and nature, in general – doesn’t recognize property lines!

Working Lands    

Helping ranchers and farmers keep their properties whole and their heritage preserved, providing food and protecting New Mexico’s open space for public benefit.

Our Vision: One Million Acres Conserved!

Goal: 1,000,000 acres!

304,058 acres conserved!

Land Conservation protects water, too!

Land conservation can play a critical role in ensuring that our watersheds remain whole and healthy. New Mexico Land Conservancy efforts have led to:

Conservation of:

of seasonal waterways

.. . . and an additional:

of perennial rivers and streams

Our new annual record: 70,121 acres conserved in 2019!

(total acres as of 10/2020)

Conserving land. Preserving heritage.

Our goal is to preserve New Mexico’s unique and diverse land heritage for conservation purposes and the benefit of local communities, the public, and future generations.

For Love of the Land

Latest News

Nick’s New Mexico Photo Journal | Part 2

Our summer stewardship intern, Nick Jacobson, spent most of his assignment out on the land in New Mexico. He often camped, sometimes fished, drove a lot, and shot many photographs for us from the field. The images presented here, combined with Nick’s words, offer a view of New Mexico as seen by someone for the first time. Enjoy Part 2 of Nick’s photographic tour of our uniquely beautiful and diverse state.

We Did It!

We are proud to announce that the New Mexico Land Conservancy (NMLC) has been awarded renewed accreditation for the next five years, 2020-2024, from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent panel of professionals who conduct an extensive review of the policies, programs and practices of each land trust applicant.

“As the only statewide land trust in New Mexico, the volume of work we’re doing now, compared to the last five years of our first accreditation, makes this renewal even more significant,” said NMLC’s Executive Director, Scott Wilber. “We are a stronger organization than ever for having gone through the rigorous renewal process.”

Beautiful New Mexico in Photographs

Our summer intern, Nick Jacobson,  has a good eye for landscape photography!  Since many New Mexicans are staying home more this summer for health and safety reasons, we thought we’d send you images of the New Mexico landscape as Nick makes his way across our beautiful state on NMLC’s annual stewardship monitoring mission.

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